That's a generous grade. A "D" is more accurate.
I wish Doman would sit in the press box and be able to see the whole field. I'd
also love to see more slants and crossing patterns. Play calling at Ole' Miss
was still too conservative for the amount of talent on the field. Let Heaps
throw, let him make mistakes. Detmer would throw for 400-500 yards, but he'd
throw 2 or 3 picks per game. Didn't matter because BYU was scoring 40 plus per
game back then. BYU should have put plus 30 on the board against Miss, and yet
they had 0 in the fourth quarter. I thought we hired Doman to bring the offense
back? Time to throw, throw, throw.
To be exceptional as an offense, you should force an advantage against your
opponent. Some examples of teams that exploit this are Oregon, Air Force, Boise
State. If you watched the Boise State vs Georgia game, when BState saw Georgia
doing mass substitutions as their players tired, they immediately went to a
hurry up offense. Oregon changed the game when they went to a constant hurry up
offense. Many teams now call the plays after they are lined up and have seen
the defensive alignment. What is BYU's advantage they exploit? Nothing, from
what I can tell. They run an offense that is fairly common place. No
exceptional preparation required. Teams that play Oregon have to change their
entire mindset and prepare completely differently then they would anyone else.
If you play AirForce, you spend a lot of time teaching kids how to beat chop
blocks, and how to defense the option.BYU has exceptional young men who
are disciplined in life, and therefore should be able to out execute in ways
that could give them an edge. Coach Doman, if youre reading this... find BYUs
advantages, make them unique, and incorporate and revolutionize to press the
Don't be so hard on yourself coach. At this point a W is a W. Our
first visit as an independent was a good one. From what I hear the fans at Ole
Miss were very classy. Very respectful and good to be around. It is so great
to be able to go out and play some of the big time teams. I was a
bit worried in the first half but then I remembered that Chris B had predicted a
Cougar loss so I knew we were going to win.Coach Doman will learn
and improve and so will the rest of the team. Take the W and get ready for
Texas! Great time to be a Cougar!Rise Up!
I too would like to see Doman in the box. It's not the same view from the
sideline. It's sound like BYU was very lucky to get out of Oxford
with a win. Reads like Doman wasn't up to the task. Hopefully something will
change between last Saturday and next.
Doman just needs to come up with his own signature offense. One that dares go
and do what Robert Anae's didn't. He need's to start opening up the middle more
and getting some crossing plays in there on the passing game and start doing
more to confuse the coverage. the pass game is still too predictable of where
the ball is going to be thrown What we saw on Saturday looked way too much
like what we have seen for the past six years...in fact what every team BYU has
played in the country has seen for the past six years. The short and outs and
the down unders. Need to work on the posts and the long down the sides. He's
got five eligible receivers out there, two great back ups to run a few option
plays with... and an entire field to use. When they put Heaps in the shotgun
The Center really struggled getting the ball to Heaps and Heaps timing really
suffered. It also didn't look like he was checking off his reciever coverage
either to find the open man. And throw in a few trick plays once in a whle...if
he has any?
Nice first game for Doman. He had to call plays in a hostile environment
against some serious speed. He continued to call the plays that moved the ball.
I was very surprised how many times we took 5,6 -10 yard right up the middle of
the OM defense. He figured out what was working and stuck with it. For his first game, that was very impressive.
I still think Robbie Boscoe is worth 3 times what BYU is paying him to coach the
women's golf team. He needs to be doing something working with Heaps either on
the sidelines or in the box. That's too much football coaching experience and
talent going to waste when it's already in house.
Old NavyNot very generous. You are grading him against expectations
that are a an average of the best OC's on their good days. In that case I
agree. He did not measure up very well against whathe COULD be. However, grading himself against where he is currently at, a C is fairly
accurate. No experience. only theories, against a lower tier BCS team on the
road?This game is a mirror of the entire last season. Barely above
50/50, went from bad to good, really didn't answer any questions about what
comes next. But this we know, regardless of any ankle biters: the defensive
seven played well against what was undeniably the biggest, and subjectively one
of the top five offensive lines in all of NCAA dom. Bigger better faster more
athletic running backs? Hitting them hard appears to be an equalizer. Read the box score, as well as the write up, on Texas vs the Owls. My take?
We'll contain the run, we better take risks against the qb. We should be able
to run and short pass with success. Airing it out?I'll guess Heaps
continues to improve.
I don't know if it was Doman's calls that were suspect, as much as it was
Offensive execution. The pick 6 wasn't Doman's fault. The receiver was open,
but Jake threw the ball a little too late. Also, mishandled snap and missed
blocking coverage can't be blamed on a poor play call. That's flat out mental
and execution mistakes.With 318 yards of total offense on a very
good SEC defense, I am very pleased with the overall movement of te ball, just
need to fix 3 things: 1) Mental errors; 2) Execution; 3) Finishing drives. If BYU can fix those 3 things, they have a chance to win. Texas's
offense didn't look good against Rice. They only scored 13 points through the
3rd quarter. BYU has a very good opportunity to pull out a win in Austin this
weekend. Go Cougars!
Wow, if Bronco or Doman decide to go to greener pastures, BYU will be
ok...listening to the comments, we have a gluten of very smart and knowledgeable
coaches standing in the curtians waiting for their time to come onto the
stage.Get real people...there is a reason they are where they are
and you are in your quarterback rocking chair.
I'm grateful Brandon, that you are so grateful. However, we would
all be much more gratefull if you could put together a crisp game plan that
acutally produced.Let's hope we don't have to have an entire season
of your "learning experiences".You guys are paid six
figures to win 12 games, you've been in this system long enough to get 10
offensive returning starters on track.No more excuses, nor more
declarations of gratitude, just "get 'r done"!OK?
Way to go Doman. Accept resposibility. To bad we do not have the same thing
from the Great Pretender
Only one suggestion, , more crossing routes!
also: Coach DomanWhere were your tight ends, slant routes, playing
without fear?Anae is in Arizona now for good reasons. We saw alot of Anae
out there Saturday.Why is the number one Elite 11 QB staring down
his primary receiver and telegraphing for a pick-6? That's coaching,
c'mon now.Fundamentals.....play action, and always check off the
receivers.And Jake, I know you are the "Franchise", but
you stood there and let that DB run right by you, you had a clear shot at him.
You are inexpendable, to be sure, but you're not yet too Elite at
this level to make a play, Tackle him!We believe in you guys, and
the defense was terrific, but the Offense must produce. Clean it up, clean it
VeracityHope you don't mind my laughing at your comment...while
having read tons of your rocking chair meanderings. It's a blog...what do you
Doman needs to be in the press box. It was evident that he could not walk and
chew gum at the same time in that game. Meaning that he couldn't manage the
players and really think a call or two ahead at the same time. He may get there,
but he isn't there yet. Let Cahoon manage the players and get Doman in the press
box where he can concentrate on the calls
"Quite honestly, our quarterback called (the play) to the wrong side,"
Doman said. Way to publicly throw down your QB. That is one more
thing you need to learn. When it goes well, give the players credit. When it
doesn't, you take the blame. That's Leadership 101.
Doman's play calling was acceptable but not great. Moved the ball consistently.
Player execution was suspect until the 2nd half. Doman didn't make poor snaps,
missed blocks, etc. A win is a win. Good to see the team come back from a 13
point deficit. Offense will improve, small errors corrected and more points
scored. Congrats to a steller defense. Good first win as Independent
I feel better with Doman openly laying much of the problem with the QB. Treat
Heaps like he has to improve rather than he is already arrived and a star.On the 4th and 1, I thought the same thing. I thought the right side
looked much more open and was sure that was the side they were going. Good to
learn that was the plan before Heaps made an incorrect call.Heaps
also already recognized that his interception through was poor. It needed more
air under it and thrown to the back of the end zone or a full count earlier
before the reciever made his break.Lastly, I hope Heaps doesnt
forget about Hoffman. Apo is his friend but he better throw to the guy who is
open rather than try to make Apo a star. The TV commentators said Fel--- (sp)
was wide open on a seam route on their first drive that surely would have
gottent he first down if not gone all the way as Diluigi did on WA last year.
I agree with Veracity. So many people on here talking like they are retired NFL
coaches. Did any of you actually even play the game? Beyond high school? Ever
even visited a Press Box? Coached a little league team? Division one coaches
please post your resume so we can all know where you are coming from.Yes, he was not perfect. But the article was written and he admitted that
long before you got up to read it.I know Brandon and if anything he is
harder on himself than any of you are with yourselves. But he grows from his
experiences He gets better. I watch high school and College ball because you
see the growth and maturing of the players and coaches.I thought
last year was a great year as we saw a coach turn a team around and get back
into the hunt. Undeafeted is the goal. Getting better each week is the means.
Saturdays game was exciting. It showed the growth of one team while the other
couldn't handle adversity. Going from less than 50% on passing to over 80%
shows maturing and confidence growing.I didn't see anyone seize up
and quit.Go Cougars
Doman belongs on the sideline, where he's still needed to advise/calm/rally his
QB and offensive players.Things will improve...The only thing I'd
change is something the ESPN announcers mentioned several times---with the Ole
Miss defense on the field for such extended periods, we should have gone with a
hurry-up offense during most of the second half to capitalize.Regardless, I really like the look of this team.
It was Doman's 1st game as an offensive coordinator. Ever. I want 40 points out
of the offense just as much as anyone but let's be realistic about this
situation and actually let Doman gain some experience.None of you
were perfect your 1st day on your job. None of you are perfect at your jobs now
even if you've been at it for years. Give him some time. He will make some
mistakes and more than likely his mistakes will cost BYU some games during his
time there. That is true of every single offensive coordinator that ever coached
on any level.I'm always amused by people that have such high
standards for everyone else.
agree with OLD NAVY a D is more like it but great to hear the admission on some
things like the tempo of the game. happy to know he's going to work on that.
hope jake stops talking about it and goes out and plays like he talks.
Doman did a good job. There were a few suspect calls, but that is way better
than Anae's playcalling, where every other call was suspect.Didn't
agree with going for it at the end. Should have kicked the feildgoal. Coaches
need to be logical thinkers, not emotional. Would have given Sorensen a chance
to redeem himself.Center needs to work on speeding up the snaps, and
the RBs have to get better at picking up blitzes. Not picking up blitzes killed
many drives.It was nice to see Jake get better as the game went on,
and the defense was AWESOME. I foresee a good season.
Doman did fine. Heaps was very good second half. I would like to see less time
between plays. I think BYU could have really hurt Ole miss D with a little more
hurry up. If Heaps can play like he did during the 2nd half and Quezada can add
a little more punch, the Cougs should do well. The next 3 games are going to be
The Ole'Miss offense never got into the end zone and it only scored six points.
BYU did score a touchdown as of course did BYU's defense..."Kyle Van
Noy." But it proved that BYU can play smash-mouth football with what was
said was one of the best offensive lines in the country. I also think JJ got
some critical yards that didn't exactly standout on the stats but they came at
the right time. But the team did a Winston Churchill....NEVER GIVE UP! The
Cougs didn't give up.
Maybe instead of breaking camp early with over confidence, we spend time
practicing for scenarios like what should our QB do when a pic is thrown?
Jumping up and down while the DB runs past hoping someone else gets him isn't
going to work. Its 11 on 11 until the whistle blows. Props to Stephenson for
his tackle on the punt return.
Heaps should get the D, not Doman. Poor decision making, inacurate throws and
still unathletic and immoble for all the hype. Then, to listen to his "oh
well, it was the first game/shouldn't expect much" comments? We've had
"expect the world" regarding him shoved down our throats since before
he arrived ad nauseum! Time to stay off the news with the self and assisted
hype, get in the weight room, on the field, to the drawing board, shut up and
play!Take a lesson from the program to your frozen north. Who had ever
Heard of Keeton? True freshman who had to apparently win a QB battle, not just
walk in announced as starter, then travel to the defending champs house
and...the rest is history.
In my unqualified opinion, play action was a clear success. That our RBs could
pop a 6, 8 or even a 16 yard play on one occasion, against the big, strong
D-line of an SEC team is something that can be built upon.Keep that
up and you'll open up the middle for the crossing routes.The
crossing rout to McKay Jacobson out of the motion/slot position went nicely.I was more concerned that none of the fly routs ever seemed opened. But
it appears that Ol' Miss was coached to not get beat by a fly route. It was the
corner route (that of course looked like a post route) that got Apo open.Yes Heaps failed to look the linebacker away on the interception. He
learned his lesson and correct it on the touchdown. I'm wondering
what happened to Josh Q? Was his headache a concussion?
With an easy grader like Doman, I could have padded my transcript if he'd taught
classes while I was at BYU.
Seriously - Doman had to coach his first game in the SEC, in heat, the whole BYU
world looking to win, and our first game as an indy. He did not get to go out
and play the Idaho games first. - No chance to learn in a simple game but
against tough, cleaver and experienced SEC coaches. On a different
note. Ole Miss presented us with the finest display of sportsmanship and
graciousness I have ever witnessed. They welcome you in ways that cannot be
imagined. We have a lot to learn about welcoming guests if we want to be great
and I suggest we look to Ole Miss to learn how to become ambassadors for our
BYU. I now am an Ole Miss fan and a convert to there ways. OUr grades for
welcoming people usually is about a D+ so I suggest we all stop worrying about
Domans job and worry about how we can become better fans in this new age of BYU.
And the place for the BYU fan to look is the deep south in a place
called the Grove at Ole Miss.
What did we expect? With a young qb, new receivers, new OC, new assistant
coaches, I was very pleased with the results. The defense was wonderful. The
offense learned as the game progressed. First game jitters are expected with any
team. I had no doubt with 11 minutes on the clock, especially the way the
defense was playing, that we would be able to overcome the 13 point deficit.
Even the ESPN announcers were commenting that BYU could make two scores in the
4th. I am certainly grateful for Van Noy's score but I believe BYU would have
scored again without it. I'm enjoying the win!
Some people work hard and don't have to pad their transcript with easy graders.
Let's get the ball snapped before 1 sec on the clock. It gives the appearance
of not knowing what to do, not have much confidence and risks a delay of game.
We went from no huddle to slow, slow huddle.
To put things in perspective,Doman is now 2-0 against SEC teams on
the road as a starting QB and as an OC.Utah has NEVER beaten an SEC
team on the road, 1-6 lifetime against the SEC, Utah's loan win coming in the
@ Everyone:I agree that it might be better for play calling to have Doman
in the booth. BUT, Heaps is still young and needs Doman at his side to help
better the QB position. So, would you recommend bring in another QB coach to
assist Doman in molding Heaps into what we all want and wish him to be? As long
as Doman is the QB coach, I do not think we will be able to have him in the
booth. We will need to rely on Reynolds more for the birds eye view.As for the offense. Yes some calls were not great, but you have to realize
that BYU did move the ball. If we got a kicker who could make a FG, we would
have had at least 6 pts more. Yes, Heaps did stare down his receiver and watched
with popcorn in had the pick-6.My biggest concern for the offense is
the beyond slow shotgun snaps, the fact that Heaps was actually staring at his
receiver and why would Heaps ever call a run to the wrong side? Isn't he
supposed to be better than that?
CoachWinWA,Classic entry and too accurate! Be a FOOTBALL PLAYER! In my
youth I was already taught that when you earn the privilege of crossing that
sideline while edging out someone else who also sweat, fought, scratched and
bled for it, you honor that privilege with every ounce of effort, every second
you're on that field. Be physically prepared to be a football player.
Yes, Riley Stephenson stuck his nose in, made a tackle and took a huge hit doing
it. I know Riley personally. Even though he is "just a kicker", even
in high school he kept himself in great condition and lifted weights. This is
now big time, D1 ball. Nothing less should be accepted.
@calmdown"True freshman who had to apparently win a QB battle,
not just walk in announced as starter, then travel to the defending champs house
and...the rest is history."It is history. They lost. Kinda
ruins the whole point.That said Heaps must be better than he was
Saturday. He has said alot of things and stated where he plans to take this
program. I will give him an "A" for his goals and desire because I
sahre them but he has to be better to actually get it done. But he
is still a sophmore making only his 7-8th start, and 1st of the season, in a
place that is not easy to play. It is a bit early to make any final assessments
what was very disheartening to watch was that every offensive play was
anticipated. There was nothing new. Where the heck are the slanting plays?
Doman is new to this, but the play calling is so predictable that I just don't
see the offense being explosive as in years past. If you can't score in the red
zone then what good are you? Right now I would have to say that BYU is a 500
club. I don't see them any better.
I thought it was a decent first outing for Brandon. There are plenty of things
to improve on -- like finishing the drives with a score. But one of the worries
(at least from the sports writers point of view) was how our defense would hold
up late in the game against their huge Offensive line. Although the marches down
the field were slow and methodical and we love the quick heart-stopping scores,
the slow time-eating pace kept our Defense off the field and crisp, even at the
end. So, ironically, it was their defense that was tired out at the end of the
game. Brandon's a smart guy. He'll watch the film and make
adjustments and improvements as needed. It was, after all, his very first outing
as an O.C.. I thought about Bronco telling Brandon "no
pressure" every time he passed him in the hall. Having Bronco head up the
Defense does take some of that pressure off. The Defense was just good fun to
True Blue: What perspective are you talking about, that of someone
obsessed with another team? The story was about Doman's first game as an OC.
To everyone:No one knows that Coach Doman needs to improve more than
Coach Doman. Nothing that any of you say will change how he thinks or is
something that he hasn't already thought about, I'm sure. He's a smart guy, and
will get better, and Bronco hired him for a reason. Why do you think that he
gave himself a C? I think that's about right. Be fair to the guy. He still
produced 316 yards of offense in his first game at an SEC stadium. It's like you
commonly hear in coach speak, "execution." If BYU cleans up a few
plays in blue-zone execution on 3 other drives the final score is 28-13, maybe
not even that if you consider that 7 of the Ole Miss points were from a pic-6. I
promise you, the coaches and players are watching film and making adjustments
right now in preparation for the Texas game.
First times for anything are usually rocky and full of slipups. You always learn
more from a first time of doing something than the second, third, and so on
times. Probably why so many college teams have that first-to-second game
bump.I expect Jake's head to be more clear in his next game. First
game jitters on such a big stage, after Jake stated that this was such a
"statement game," shouldn't be an issue for him at Texas, even though
it's really more of a statement game.It'll help that Doman realized
his mistakes and should be able to correct them. I like his candor and
humility.P.S., did Doman hold back play calling because
"vanilla" was working well enough? BYU did move the ball---just wasn't
effective due to execution issues (Jake, mostly). Will Doman be more
unpredictable vs Texas? I remember reading so often during Fall camp how BYU's
offense was so good and unpredictable. Didn't look unpredictable vs Ole Miss.
A few observations from a young season. Brian Blechen can flat out play. Norm
Chow is right about his assessment that Jordan Wynn is a lot like Ty Detmer.
That is the Ty Detmer that had two arms dangling after the 1990 Holiday Bowl
against Texas AM. Bronco Mendenhall can still coach defense. Utah State is the
best overall team in Utah right now.
daddman54Speak for yourself youngster.The perspective is
beating an SEC team on the road in his first game as an OC is a very good start
for Brandon, especially when compared to the history of that team on the
hill.Brandon is now 2-0 against SEC teams on the road. Utah is
0-6 lifetime against SEC teams on the road.BYU's win may not have
been perfect, but I'll take a road win, ugly or perfect, against an SEC team
anyday.sgIf you didn't see any slants, it's because your
football evaluation skills are as lacking as your prognostication skills.At worst, BYU will be 8-4, but there's a very realistic possibility of
BYU running the table if the Cougars can finish September without a loss.Utah on the other hand will be lucky to finish above .500. Losses to USC
and BYU could easily send Utah into a season-long tailspin, especially when U
consider how pathetic Utah finished last season.
StackhouseUtah State could be considered the best team in the state
IF they'd beaten Auburn. Unfortunately, the Aggies did what a lot of mediocre
team do early in the season, scare a big name team, but then fold when the game
is on the line.BYU did what good teams do, win in a hostile
environment, even though the Cougars didn't play their best game.We'll see just how good Blechen is this week against some real competition. I
do agree that Wynn is playing like Detmer after suffering two shoulder
separations against TAMU.
I think if some of the BYU fans new that Ole Miss had won their last 7 season
openers prior to playing BYU they would re-think some of their comments.
"Quite honestly, our quarterback called (the play) to the wrong side,"
Doman said. LOL he's not all that he's cracked up to be!
People get too excited about one game, especially a first game. Brandon Doman
will be fine. One game is not enough to judge anything by, be it a Cougar or a
Ute.Let it go people.
@ TrueBlue | 11:09 a.m. Sept. 5, 2011 Orem, UT When does WAC
play begin for your Cougars?
Brandon is being too hard on himself. The offense was good enough and had we
not stopped ourselves this would have been another BYU blowout.
I think a "C" is a little low. Afterall, Doman at least looked like a
coach. Bronco wearing a t-shirt and a baseball cap with stickers on one side
looked ridiculous. Did he forget it was game day? He looked like he was ready to
go to the gym sporting his gangsta cap.
I'm just happy our coaches know that it is called the "passing" game
and not the "throw" game. On second thought, maybe the school up north
really has no passing game and thus the coach calls it a throw game. Go figure.
Reading most of these comments, I would've thought BYU lost by three touchdowns.
Then I took a look at the final score one more time, just to be sure. Guess
what? The Cougars won! Any way you slice it, a W is a W. Be grateful. Were
mistakes made? Sure. This is a new era. Playing an SEC team on their home
turf with impossibly high expectations, fueled by media hype, there were bound
to be some jitters, a few mistakes. Bottom line is, despite those mistakes, BYU
was the better team that day. They will learn and will work on those things in
practice that need improving. I believe we'll see a more confident team going
against Texas this week. I have faith in the team, from Bronco to Brandon to
each and every player on the field. Rise Cougar Nation!
I'm a big fan of Doman as a persona and potential coach but with that said, I
would have to lower his grade to a C-.
1984 for life "When does WAC play begin for your Cougars?"September 17.
bigutefanI LIKE the t-shirts. Our coach is a stud. I loke that he is
as muscular as his players. Besides how is a golf shirt more professional?! They
aren't -- they're just ugly.
No arm chair quarterbacking on Doman for a couple of seasons. We gave Anae that
much leway. I imagine Doman will far exceed the great offensive
production Anae was able to coach.
KatiebuggIgnore bigutefan. He can't find anything to whine about in
Bronco's coaching on Saturday, so he has to do his best Joan Rivers
impersonation! Classic!I have to agree with you on the polo shirts.
That's NOT a good look for most coaches (especially the ones with a gut -- which
seems to be most of them in the nation). I too like the t-shirt. It's like he's
there in the trenches with his boys. (And, YES, this is MY best Joan Rivers
I like Doman's candor and analysis. At least he recognizes the same deficits
that I saw. Recognizing a problem is 99% of curing the problem. On that
4th down play in the last minutes, they stacked the left side and that is
exactly where we went. I thought that was kind of strange. Even if Doman called
the play to that side (which he claims he didn't) Heaps should have read the
defense and changed the play to the other side. That was a critical mental error
on Heaps part. The other big mental error was the pick-6.I kind of
agree with CalmDown and CoachWinWa. I am not as concerned about our OC as I am
about our QB. He has been reading his own press and too willing to open his
mouth to the media. A defining moment in his character was the pick-6 and his
"no-attempt" at stopping the ball carrier whom he blatantly allowed
to run right by him. If our kicker can make a tackle play, then certainly our QB
should be able to. That was pure bush-league.
I'd put more (some) credence in these posts if I knew the posters had equal or
more experience than either Doman or Heaps at their respective positions.It's terrific that BYU came out of Mississippi with a win. There is
ample reason for the team to be humble and work harder than ever as they prep
for the Longhorns. Best of luck to Doman, Heaps, et. al as they get ready for
the next game.Fall is here and football is back!I'll
even cut the Ute trolls some slack for coming on BYU articles. I just assume
their obsession will end soon after Sept. 17th, since they have proclaimed such
with their newly-found PAC 10.2 arrogance and inherent superior disinterest with
all things non-AQ, mid-major, lowly and Indy (despite all evidence to the
@fresnogirl and KatiebuggI sure do like reading most of the comments
from you two. Invariably upbeat and almost, I say almost because you both got it
wrong on title9, but almost always spot on. Nice job and please keep posting :)
"When does WAC play begin for your Cougars?"Wasn't Utah
DESTROYED by the last WAC team they played?
I watched the Utah State game. I watched the Boise Game. I watched the Texas
game. Exciting. UNPREDICTABLE. Triple receivers stacked. Running backs in
motion in slot formations. Play-action.Then I watched BYU-Ole
Miss.BYU is so terribly PREDICTABLE! The offensive plays are right
out of the 80's: Quarterback drops back, a receiver runs a slant. Next
play, quarterback drops back, a receiver runs ten and in. The
linebackers after a while just drop back 10 yards and sit there ready and know
whats coming. Its way too basic. We had better fast forward to 2011
fast or it's going to be a looooong year. We won't get another pass like Ole
Miss gave us. Not from Hawaii. Not from the U. Not from Oregon. And sure as
can be not from Texas. That said, I am behind Brandon Doman all the
way. 100%. And I support FULLY Bronco's decision to give him a shot - no matter
how the year turns out.
Heaps is still a work in progress ! The charmed shiny life of this kid is losing
its luster. All the pre-season hype about how he would roll over Ole Miss. All the post bowl experience over mighty UTEP was suppose to catapult
him light years beyond any defenses ability to stop him.Not the
case, again he is stalling in the red zone, again slow feet, slow decision
making and terrible tackling attempts of his pic six run back, did you all see
that lame attempt jeez.Live up to the hype or move over. Hey Anae is
no longer around to blame.
As a Cougar fan I hate the hype that continuously comes from the coaches and the
players. In this case I think Doman over-hyped himself with that "C"
After watching the game Saturday, I no longer have any confidence in a win
agaist either Utah or Utah State, especially after watching the Aggies
performance against Auburn. My gosh, if our Cougs play the way they did at Ole
Miss against the Aggies, I think they'll be humiliated. Having said that, I
hope they make some adjustments and do better. The game at Ole Miss was simply
boring and absolutely void of any excitement whatsoever! They were lucky to
come out with a win. Please do better! Go Cougs! Last Saturday was not the
kind of exposure I was expecting.
Doman might as well give himself an "F" in advance. Texas will have
you be wearing Longhorns on your chest when you leave the stadium!!
BYU beat a terrible SEC cellar dweller that will probably win only two games
this year (Vanderbuilt and Louisiana Tech).The Mississippi coach
will be long gone after yet another losing season.Maybe some of the
Doman haters can apply for the Ole Miss. HC job.BYU won and that's
all that matters (see Oregon State, Utah State and TCU).The 500yd
passing and 60 to 0 games will appear soon enough (San Jose State, Idaho State,
Idaho and New Mexico State).Texas, Utah (another crazy rivalry
game), UCF, Utah State (who are those guys?), Oregon State (Dr.
"Jekel"/Mr.Hyde), TCU (losing to Baylor?), and Hawaii (soundly beating
a PAC 12 team) will provide BYU with opportunities to show fans "what
they've got".Coach Doman and Heaps will only get better.
Neither went into a funk after the "pic-six". They both came right
back and competed.
Too bad someone couldn't recruit Todd Christensen to be BYU's offensive
coordinator. He would make of BYU offense an absolute juggernaut. The guy's
offensive understanding is off the charts, and he has a huge mind and wouldn't
freeze up at all and get tunnel vision like Doman was against Ole Miss. I was
quite surprise to look at Doman all hunched over and stressed out. This doesn't
bode well for high pressure games. Thank goodness for the defense. They really
are more fun to watch than the offense this year.
The most worrisome component of the offense is Jake. He doesn't seem to be a
gamer; he doesn't get really up and fierce for a big one, and appears confused
and/or weak under pressure. His passes with a few exceptions were not accurate;
behind, over, and too often short. Not a single streak pattern was run that gave
the receiver the chance to catch the ball in full stride. Apo managed to come
back and get one, but the beaten DB always had a chance to smack the rest down
because they were short. Jake needs to live up to his reputation, before it
changes on him.
Remember, Jake set himself up for the jitters by declaring the Ole Miss game a
"statement." He didn't look at all jittery in the second half, but did
make some mental errors that he'll learn from. He'll improve a lot by next game
(hopefully). You don't take on the top QBs in the nation as a high school senior
and out-do them if you don't have "it." So, "it" will
eventually show through.Same with Doman. It's only his VERY FIRST
game as an OC, so let it ride until he's had a chance to get his feet wetter.
He'll figure it out.BYU was handed quite the initially tough
schedule at a time that'll definitely tax this team, what with a new OC, a
somewhat inexperienced QB, and other new coaches. They'll all gel soon enough.
Hopefully soon enough for Texas, though I have my doubts.Could be
another cardiac kids time!
With the well-known grade-inflation that goes on at BYU, that means Doman gave
himself an F (or lower).
Vanka, do you know anything about grading at BYU? It is one of the most
difficult places to get a good GPA. By BYU's standards, Doman's C would be at
least a B-.We're way too harsh on Heaps and Doman. I've coached a
whole season of high school lacrosse, and I can remember my first game. I
couldn't keep track of anything. We played a pretty weak team and won handily,
but not through my abilities as a coach. Our athletes did it for us. And
lacrosse doesn't have a key player the whole offense is run through. It took me
a bit to know what to focus on and where to put all my mental energy, and what
to delegate to my assistant coach. I assume Doman will get a hold of that much
sooner, and I think Heaps will pick his game up. It's the first game. Let's wait
a bit before we pass judgment on this young season. We may lose next week, but
we may score 24+ points and have our defense save us once again. Pendleton was a
monster! I loved watching our linebackers.
JayDogg | 9:12 a.m. Sept. 5, 2011Doman did a good job. There were a
few suspect calls, but that is way better than Anae's playcalling, where every
other call was suspect.Didn't agree with going for it at the end.
Should have kicked the feildgoal. Coaches need to be logical thinkers, not
emotional. Would have given Sorensen a chance to redeem himself.*********Great comments JayDogg. Nobody seems to be talking about the
fact that we ran some play action and had the qb rolling out at times instead of
always being a stationery target as was the case with Anae. Would still like to
see more creativity and more aggressiveness. I think that will come with
time.I also completely agree about kicking the field goal on the
last possession. I was going crazy when I saw that we were going for the first
down. What a boost that would have been for Sorenson to ice the game and
obviously, a field goal would have meant that Miss. would have needed a
touchdown to win. Problem is, that was Bronco's decision, not Doman's.
Those of you wanting BYU to kick the field goal.1st of all kicking
the field goal would have accomplished only one thing, and that is if it had
been made. It would have made it so that OM needed to score a td instead of a
fg. I will admit that would have been very good considering BYU had not let OM
anywhere near the endzone all game.But, OM has one of the best kick
returners in the country, he had already burned BYU with a big return which lead
to an OM score. Why give him the opportunity? If BYU gets a 1st down there the
game is over whereas if they do kick a fg then OM gets a chance to go and score
anyway. I like the decision to go for the 1st down. With hindsight I
don't like the playcall, but I do like the decision. If they make the 1st down
the game is over. Even if they make a fg OM still has an opportunity.
I repeat...Wow, if Bronco or Doman decide to go to greener pastures,
BYU will be ok...listening to the comments, we have a gluten of very smart and
knowledgeable coaches standing in the curtians waiting for their time to come
onto the stage.Get real people...there is a reason they are where
they are and you are in your quarterback rocking chair.
Veracity Problem is ... all the arm chair QBs you are talking to are
UTES! I especially love the ones trying to minimize a road win against an SEC
team when they scraped out an ugly when against a high school team.
In Stitches Stitches...you put me in stitches...
Tempo too slow. Felt like "Put your shoulder to the wheel" sung at 60.
I actually think that a C is about right for him, maybe adjusting up slightly
because it is his first game. Anyway, it is refreshing to see some honesty when
someone is asked to evaluate his performance. We certainly won't ever see that
honesty from a lot of people... especially our current President.
@ IQ92...Funny :) And you are right, for sure. I loved the game, agonized when
they got so close but didn't quite make it into the end zone. Defense is great.
Bronco is an awesome coach, and I think Brandon will become one. Very glad for
the win, and wish them the best this week in Texas.Now, they need to
do "Hope of Israel" at about 120 :)
Sorry, but a "C" would be "Average"...Doman was a deer in
headlights the entire game. Grade = "D". I can't remember if Doman
threw a pass when he played at BYU either. Wasn't it just him and Luke Staley
running the ball. I wasn't surprised that the game was called the way it was.
I give a low D or an F. They have potential, but that's just what it is,
potential. The offense needs to step it up and make plays happen, and not rely
on the defense to get them out of situations like they did last Saturday all the
time.Let's see how they adjust to the mighty longhorns, the darling
of college football.
@Duckhunter,Duh! Anyone who actually knows football and can
appreciate athleticism and took time to watch the efforts of both Keeton and
Heaps Saturday would understand the point. Performance divided by expectation,
regardless of the outcome, Keeton was clearly the superior performer on
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011. The point is also that this was done in
relative anonymity and obscurity. How refreshing!
CalmDown Enjoy that moral victory while the other teams in the state
enjoy their actual victories!
Target,Just a true football fan appreciating an unexpected and
extraordinary effort. I'm all for winning. I get that, yes, the goal of every
contest is to win. However, the fact that someone loses should not ever
immediately erase a valid and sometimes even valiant effort. For the
record, I am a Y fan, but I am a football fan first. I believe in grit,
toughness, sweat, blood, spit, tears, bruises, aches, weight rooms, team prayer.
I believe in humble heroics, the Barry Sanders' "Act like you've been
there before and you'll be there again" kind of stuff.So, having not
claimed any victory at all, moral or otherwise, I'll just keep on enjoying
football...win or lose.
BYU Student,You wrote:"Vanka, do you know anything
about grading at BYU? It is one of the most difficult places to get a good GPA.
By BYU's standards, Doman's C would be at least a B-."Yes, I
have two degrees from BYU, and two more from other institutions of higher
learning. Trust me, there is serious grade inflation at BYU. And Doman's
self-grading was seriously inflated as well.
I agree with Where'sStocton. I didn't realize that Boscoe was a coach at BYU.
Why is he not assisting in FB? That is a real waste of FB talent. Come on,
Bronco, use the talents available to you. If not available, make it available.
Robbie could be up in the press box or on the sidelines. Maybe BYU needs to
separate Domas's duties - why is he coaching the QB's while being OC? That is
too much responsibility. Separate it out some way. We need to hire Detmer - he
would be an awsome QB coach or OC. Either way, lets use what would help us the
What grade would Bronco give Doman? "D." That's only because they
Guys, guys. We won the game. Chill out. We moved the ball, had 4 drives in 2nd
half. Last real drive was excellent.Doman is new. Heaps is still
learning. Cut them some slack. You should have seen the Ole Miss offense. We
averaged 5 or more on 1st down. Theirs was more like 2. They were expecting 150
rushing yards. Got what, 60? Our defense was really good. We totally dominated
them on both side of the ball. We stopped ourselves. That's curable.This was a great win, one that easily could have been a loss. Our team is big,
strong and fast. We'll be very good this year, and probably better next.If you recorded the game, look for a guy with yellow straw fedora on the
last crowd shot. C'est moi! I strongly recommend a trip to Oxford if we play
them again. What awesome, classy fans. Absolutely a great time.
panamadesnews That's a good point about Robbie. He was the QB coach
I thought the play calls were average, but the execution was around a D. Heaps
should have been on target with more passes and telegraphed his passes less and
then we would all think Doman's calls were at least a B. I do think when they
are trying to run down the clock and move the ball at the same time that they
need to stay aggressive and keep passes going, the easy ones at least that were
there bread and butter all game long, until the end. They know we are going to
run in that situation. Don't let them know what we are going to do. Do the